JuiceBox: the solar micro-grid that meets basic needs of Portlanders transitioning out of homelessness. 

juicebox 3.0 in structure

The Need

Villages of off grid-tiny homes offer transitional housing for the homeless but generally lack modern necessities like electricity, light, and heat. 

The Impact

By meeting these basic needs, the JuiceBox 2.0 and JuiceBox 3.0 enable village members to find employment and engage in their communities. 

Dylan Audley Installing JuiceBox

Student Created

JuiceBoxes are designed by Portland-area high school students from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. We are a team of engineers, designers, fundraisers, photographers, and writers, and as students are committed to improving ourselves and the products we create. 


Solar Power

To gain access to light and electricity, residents of off-grid tiny house communities often relied on noisy, pollutive, and expensive gasoline generators before the introduction of JuiceBox. JuiceBoxes use photovoltaic solar panels to charge its battery, and our student engineers design JuiceBoxes to charge fully even during the rainiest of Portland winter days. 


JuiceBox 2.0


Light and power

JuiceBox 2.0 provides light and electrical power ("Juice!") to houseless Portlanders, enabling them to use computers and cell phones to contact emergency services, find employment, and engage in their communities.


Solar energy

JuiceBox 2.0 uses 1 high-efficiency, high-output 100W polycrystalline solar panels from Grape Solar in Eugene, Oregon to charge its built-in 18 Ah battery. 


Student Created. Community Built. 

Shine has produced 85 JuiceBox 2.0s since January 2017. Many of these JuiceBoxes were built by houseless Portlanders.


WHo supports JuiceBox?

We have earned funding from Lexus, Scholastic, Lloyd EcoDistrict, eBay, Autodesk, and many other public and private sponsors. 


JuiceBox 3.0

Light. Power. Heat.

Coming this fall…